August 29, 2017 / 6:56 PM / 2 months ago

Rouhani says IAEA unlikely to accept U.S. demand for Iran military site inspection

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday the U.S. demand for U.N. nuclear inspectors to visit Iran’s military facilities were unlikely to be accepted by the nuclear watchdog.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani attends his swearing-in ceremony for a further term, at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, August 5, 2017. President.ir/Handout via REUTERS

“The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is very unlikely to accept America’s demand to inspect our military sites,” Rouhani said in a televised interview.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, last week pressed the IAEA to seek access to Iranian military bases to ensure that they were not concealing activities banned by a 2015 nuclear deal reached between Iran and six major powers.

He gave no indication why he believed the IAEA would decline the request.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi

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